July 25, 2014

A few comments on the language of texting

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I stumbled into a short conversation recently on the value of text-speak or, perhaps more accurately, I was told how text-speak was utterly lacking in value and rotting the minds of the teenage population.

Texting is, indeed, an odd form of communication. You do have to marvel in curiosity at the chronic need for immediate information exchanged, not to mention the superficiality and triviality of the messages being sent. Nonetheless, I retorted, you do have to appreciate the enormous creativity involved in the phrases that kids are developing, as well as the implementation of problem solving skills in order to fit as much information as possible into as few characters as necessary. Given my affinity for efficiency, I like the trend. [Read more]

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Stump the Chump, and the Steve Jobs Paradox?

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I was asked a question that – as I put it, “Stumped the Chump.” One gentleman asked, in response to the portions of my presentation that focused on the Respect for People foundation of Lean and, in particular, the Shingo model, how I would characterize Steve Jobs and Apple’s success, given that Jobs was a well-known egomaniac and had a reputation for being quite stern and non-compromising.

it has stuck with me for the past couple of weeks, as I felt the need to contemplate the question a bit further. What I may have come to realize, is that there is something of a Paradox involved when a true visionary ascends to the position of influence within an organization.
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The end of summer, and the return of blogging

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With the return of fall, there is a return to routine, which has me feeling confident once again – and so I find myself eager to write posts like this for the blog.

Which has made me completely internalize something that I had, previously, only understood as a matter of intuition and the results of some logic exercise – that actively keeping up a person’s sense of pride, confidence and – most importantly – his/her sense of purpose - yields that thing all management gurus covet: engagement. [Read more]

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You can’t buy pride (and I just like to write)

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Many times, I have been asked with regards to this blog, “What do you expect to et out of this?”

Well, fame, fortune, world-wide recognition for being an intellectual genius, a great job, tons of friends, an awesome new car, my kids’ college tuitions paid for and a bottomless glass of beer would be nice.

Unfortunately, as much as I can dream, I don’t actually think I’ll get those things (at least, not all of them). So what do I honestly expect?

Writing this blog is, sort of, its own end. Yes, I’d love to have achieved all these wonderful things as a result of my writing, and maybe I will. However, even if I don’t – I will keep writing. Because it’s the one thing that comes easily and naturally, and that people seem to tell me I’m pretty good at.

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